Goths, Punks, and Metalheads Can Now Be Hate Crime Victims in the UK

One British police force will treat violence against goths, punks, and metalheads as hate crimes.

The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will record crimes made on “alternative subcultures” as such, an idea that was sparked by the death five years ago of a 20-year-old, who was targeted for being a goth.

Chief Constable Garry Shewan of the GMP said in a statement, “We are able to officially recognize that people who wish to express their alternative subculture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime–something that many people have to endure on a daily basis.”

The offenses will be recorded by police as hate crimes, but it isn’t a law. Shewan said on Twitter that the “motivation, hate, prejudice or hostility” can be presented to the court.

The UK also recognizes hate crimes on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

For more, here’s a video report.



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  • shadowhog

    Stupid as fuck

  • Raincoat

    I fully support this. I’m Canadian, but as a fan of music from all around the world I’m aware that in the UK and Mexico, alternative music fans often are targeted and become victims of violence. It is absolutely a hate crime if they’re targeted for dressing in ‘goth’ or ‘punk’ fashion, the same way it’s a hate crime if a person is targeted for being gay, black, Muslim, etc. and the unfortunate thing is, when it’s alt-fashion wearers targeted, it’s almost exclusively youth/teen victims. I’m grateful that the GMP are recognizing the situation for what it is, and I really hope that their stance will contribute to a more widespread change in the cultural attitudes that have made people think those crimes are acceptable.

  • devin

    um, im a metalhead, i dont really believe in hate crimes theres no such thing, its wrong if you single out a whole group of people but thats more stereotypical, single out the person one by one if you have a problem with them.
    so this is kinda stupid

    • Calahan Doyle

      They are obviously doing it for the fact there was “crime” involved. Not name calling or laughing at them. Obviously someone had to be physically abused to make it a hate crime.